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Negotiating Hotel Purchase and Sale Transactions: Key Legal Issues for Buyers and Sellers

Closing Contingencies and Reps and Warranties; Evaluating Existing Management and Franchise Agreements

A live 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, May 31, 2024

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This CLE course will discuss the critical legal issues in purchasing and selling a hotel property, considering the unique aspects of this asset class. The program will focus on seller representations and warranties, key contract provisions in the purchase and sale agreement, and retention or termination of the hotel management/franchise affiliation. The program will also address the significance of the terms of the hotel management agreement.

Description

Purchasing a hotel or other resort/leisure property is fraught with legal issues beyond real estate matters. Working knowledge of the concerns, standards, and customs for addressing those matters is critical to a successful transaction.

The buyer and seller must ensure that the purchase and sale agreement provides a sufficient roadmap through the acquisition and disposition process that considers all stakeholders and meets the parties' reasonable expectations. A group of reps and warranties is not enough.

Key provisions may include the buyer's ability to obtain or assume financing; retaining or terminating the franchise affiliation; retaining or terminating the management agreement; the buyer's ability to secure required licenses and permits (including a liquor license); development of a property improvement plan; addressing employment concerns; evaluating potential organized labor agreements; withdrawal liability under ERISA; evaluation of existing leases and service contracts; and other due diligence items.

When the hotel property is subject to a hotel management agreement or a franchise affiliation, buyer's and seller's counsel must vet the buyer's ability to retain or terminate that relationship. The hotel management agreement can lock in much of the hotel's value. The buyer must carefully examine the management agreement and the abilities of the hotel management staff.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses unique issues involved in the purchase or sale of a hotel. The discussion will include seller representations and warranties, critical closing contingencies in the purchase and sale agreement, and issues to consider in the retention or termination of the hotel management/franchise affiliation.

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Outline

  1. Seller representations and warranties in the purchase and sale agreement
  2. Closing contingencies in the purchase and sale agreement
  3. Retaining or terminating the hotel management/franchise affiliation
  4. Vetting the hotel management or franchise agreement

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Why are seller representations and warranties so critical in purchasing a hotel property?
  • What issues require focus and attention and need to be resolved in the purchase agreement?
  • What are the unique issues involved in the purchase of hotel property to include in the purchase and sale agreement's closing contingencies?
  • What issues will the hotel management or franchise agreement address concerning the purchase and sale?

Faculty

Goeddel, Stacie
Stacie Andra Goeddel

Partner
Holland & Knight

Ms. Goeddel represents owners, lenders and hotel companies in commercial real estate transactions and has a special...  |  Read More

Robins, Andrew
Andrew S. Robins

Co-Chair Hospitality Sector Team
Akerman

Mr. Robins works on a broad variety of hotel and resort development, operations and regulatory matters, including the...  |  Read More

Zeidel, Robin
Robin Zeidel

Founder
Zeidel & Associates

Ms. Zeidel’s focus on all sectors of commercial real estate and hospitality, including hotels, restaurants, and...  |  Read More

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